The Super Eagles have shown a concrete sign of their determination to make amends for Saturday’s loss to Croatia, as the players gathered for an emergency team meeting ahead of Friday’s second group game against Iceland.
It was gathered that the players used the no-holds-barred meeting to tell themselves the truth about their flaws against Croatia, after which they watched a playback of the match and reasoned to avoid repeating in Friday’s clash with Iceland.
The Eagles occupy bottom spot in Group D, ahead of the clash with Iceland at Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on Friday evening.
A first win of the tournament against first timers Iceland will put the Eagles back in the frame for knockout stage qualification.
A draw will put Nigeria’s qualification hopes in serious jeopardy ahead of the last group game against Argentina on Tuesday, while defeat would signal end of the road for Gernot Rohr and his players.
A camp source said the permutations prompted a soul searching meeting on the part of the players, during which they blamed one another for errors committed against Croatia.
The source disclosed: “The players reviewed their performances in the match against Croatia and resolved to hold talks with the coach before the game.”